Peace pole dedication ceremony Oct. 31

The general public and those of all faiths are cordially invited to attend a special peace pole dedication ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church West Springfield, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

The members of Grace will be joined by featured guests from the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts as well as many from the surrounding neighborhood.  A brief service will include the children of Grace and the Islamic Society who have been busy making peace prayer flags, decorating rocks with messages or images of peace and will be planting bulbs that will be part of a peace garden at the site, which will be built next spring and will include a dedication stone and benches for the public to enjoy.  Following the service will be a community meal provided by Grace’s Peace Pole Planning Committee and the Islamic Society. A peace garden with benches for the public to enjoy will be added next spring.
The Peace Pole Project is the official project ot The World Peace Prayer Society.  It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace.  Their purpose is to spread their message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world.  Since the beginning of the project, over 200,000 Peace Poles have been planted in over 200 countries around the world in locations that include Pyramids of El Gaza in Egypt, the Magnetiic North Pole in Canada, Gorky Park in Russia, and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
The public is invited to attend this dedication and lunch.  For more information, call the church at 734-9268 or email Pastor Derek Harman at pastorharman@gracelutheranonline.com.

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